Frances Torruella of Hartford is the 2021 recipient of a $1,000 American Eagle Financial Credit Union Business Scholarship at Goodwin University. American Eagle awards an annual scholarship to a Goodwin University student enrolled in their Business Administration Program who has completed at least 12 credits, maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0, and demonstrated a financial need.

Torruella said the college application process was daunting, but that she felt more at ease when she met with Goodwin representatives, as she felt they were listening to her. "They made the process less stressful and made me feel comfortable that this was the right choice," she said.

A naturally shy individual, Torruella admits that starting her first semester was nerve-racking and questioned her decision. But after settling in, she realized that Goodwin had everything she needed with small classes, flexible schedules, and caring professors, all while being close to home.

Torruella is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration, with a 3.5 GPA, and anticipates graduating in December 2021. Her dream is to someday become an entrepreneur and start her own clothing business.

"Owning my own small business will enable me to make a good living and give back to my community,” Torruella said. "The American Eagle scholarship will lower my student debt and help me save money for my future after graduation. College has also helped me to overcome my shyness and emerge with the confidence, motivation, and heart of a leader."

“The American Eagle Financial Credit Union scholarship at Goodwin University is our way of investing in the next generation of talent,” said Dean Marchessault, President and Chief Executive Officer at American Eagle Financial Credit Union. “I am honored to present Frances Torruella as our 2021 business scholarship winner,” added Marchessault.